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Book signing set for Friday at Industrial Heritage Museum

Residents will have an opportunity to meet two Mississippi authors on Friday as Meridian’s Richelle Putnam and Diane Williams, of Madison, hold a book signing for their new book “A Guide to Mississippi Museums” at the Industrial Heritage Museum at Soulé Steam Feed Works.

In their new book, Putnam and Williams guide readers through the numerous museums throughout the state celebrating everything from works of art to aprons.

“This book, just released by The History Press, illustrates that museums not only preserve history--their mere presence shows what a community values and celebrates,” a press release announcing the book signing reads. “And from the incredible variety of museums that dot the Mississippi landscape, it’s abundantly clear that Mississippians celebrate everything from the quirky to the grand.”

Putnam, a teaching artist with the Mississippi Arts Commission, author and musician, is a two-time recipient of the MAC Literary Arts Fellowship and has received numerous awards for her work. She is the senior editor for “The Bluegrass Standard” magazine.

Williams is a performing artist, teaching artist, poet, author and mixed-media fiber artist. She is a member of the Mississippi Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau, former board chair of the National Storytelling network and has previously served on the board of the National Association of Black Storytellers.

Friday’s event will take place from 5-7 p.m. with a short presentation followed by a reception and book signing. The Industrial Heritage Museum at Soulé Steam Feed Works is located at 1808 Fourth Street in downtown Meridian.

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